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Oral and injectable corticosteroids are often overprescribed.

Purvi Parikh, M.D.April 26, 2018

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Google intermittent fasting and youll see a slew of advice, tips, and secrets on the best ways to integrate this supposedly foolproof health trend into your daily life. But the more you dig into the research on this nutritional plan, the more absurdly confusing it all becomes. Is eating every other day best? Eating only before 3 p.m.? Packing all your calorie consumption into a 2-hour window? Or should you eat normally six days of the week and only starve yourself on the seventh?

While people have been practicing intermittent fasting for thousands of years, its only in the past two decades that scientists began to understand what, if any, potential benefits the practice can have. Preliminary studies on mice and observational ones in humans suggest that skipping out on eating might translate to weight loss and, at least in some cases, improved metabolic health.

Heres the good news: According to recent studies, nearly all types of intermittent fasting are physically and mentally harmless. And nearly all of them can result in some weight loss.

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